Season 7, Episode 17 (144)
Original Air Date - March 16, 2015
While forced to investigate the murder of a tow truck driver with the Chief Inspector of the Hong Kong Police Department, Beckett becomes insecure in her own personal and professional abilities.
- Nathan Fillion - Richard Castle
- Stana Katic - Kate Beckett, Detective
- Susan Sullivan - Martha Rodgers (Castle's mother)
- Molly C. Quinn - Alexis Castle (Castle's daughter)
- Jon Huertas - Javier Esposito, Detective
- Seamus Dever - Kevin Ryan, Detective
- Tamala Jones - Lanie Parish, Medical Examiner
- Penny Johnson Jerald - Victoria Gates, Captain
- Linda Park - Chief Inspector Zhang
- Hector Luis Bustamante - William "Billy" Hicks
- Rosalind Chao - Mimi Tan
- Robb Derringer - Jeffrey Wadlow
- Susan Park - Mei Wu, waitress
- Roz Witt - Gladys
- Ellen Wong - Zhu Yin, waitress
- David Paluck - FBI Agent Michael Glassman
- Joe Sabatino - Henry's boss
Beckett: Oh, God, shoot me now.
Castle: I'd rather not. What's up?
Beckett: Anson Klemp has just been promoted to captain. He's gonna run the 19th.
Castle: Who is Anson Klemp, and why hasn't he changed his name?
Castle: You know what you've got? Patterson Syndrome.
Beckett: Patterson Syndrome?
Castle: Every time I write a bestseller, Patterson writes, like, six. It's maddening, but comparing myself to him doesn't make me write any faster.
Castle: So, unbeknownst to anyone, Henry sets his eyes on an X5. He gets the alarm codes. But, in a fateful error, he steals the car of this woman. (Points at sketch) A Triad assassin.
Beckett: An assassin? Really? Again?
Castle: So, you mean to tell me she got both your guns?
Ryan: Hey, you weren't there She was fast. Mean, Like, crazy fast.
Esposito: Please. She ain't all that.
Castle: And yet she got both your guns.
Castle: (shaking Zhang's hand): Hi, I'm Castle. (pointing to Beckett). We're partners. Actually, we're also married.
Zhang: Interesting arrangement.
Castle: Yeah! This is going to be fun, this little threesome here. (Beckett looks up sharply) Er, investigatively speaking. I didn't want to ... didn't mean to ... I'm not trying to imply that ...
Beckett: (heading for the door) Quit while you're behind.
Beckett: Did you know she was the youngest officer to make chief inspector? She has cleared more murders than anyone in Hong Kong PD history.
Castle: OK, so she's good at her job.
Beckett: Not just that. (Finds pic on phone.) Take a look at her husband. Action movie star.
Castle: Yes, well, I'm a highly paid novelist.
Beckett: What about the kids? (Finds another picture) Cute, huh?
Castle: (looking) Aaaww! (Beckett rolls her eyes) ... I've seen cuter.
Beckett: Did you see that? She might have just broken this case. With a wi-fi sign.
Castle: Yes, yes, I'm impressed. Are you happy?
Beckett: No. Castle, she's just like me. Only better!
Castle: He lied about knowing Henry. This guy's into it up to his bolo tie.
Esposito: Take a seat, Castle.
Ryan: Let me tell you a little something about life. You see what you did there, Castle? Rookie mistake.
Castle: What'd I do?
Ryan: You tried to stop her. I mean, Jenny - she's got a girls' night and I'm totally fine with that. See, in a marriage, you have to give your partner some space.
Castle: OK, Ryan. This is my third marriage. I think I know what I'm doing.
Beckett: So, team leader, wife, mom ... Isn't it a struggle to do it all?
Zhang: The trick is to not struggle but to find balance. The moment you think it's a struggle, that's when you fall.
Beckett: She does it all, she has it all, and to top it off, she's gorgeous.
Castle: Yes, she is.
Beckett: Wait a minute - you think she's gorgeous?
Castle: I ... was just agreeing with you.
Beckett: OK ... But did you think it before I said it?
Beckett: Oh my God, I haven't felt like this since I had pimples. I'm insecure!
Zhang: You wanna know about being balanced? My husband and I are separated. I'm not the mother I should be. You think I'm this amazing cop, that I have it all together. But I don't. I'm the reason that Henry's dead.
Zhang: Growing up Henry was always there for me, protecting me. And when he needed me I was too busy. I am always too busy for everything that really matters.
Castle: Believe me, Beckett has plenty of experience taking a bullet for other people doing stupid things. Hell, she's married to me.
Beckett: Well, whatever is next, I don't want to have to compromise my priorities to get there. (Taking Castle's hand) And I never want to be guilty of leaving behind what matters most.
Castle: You cannot leave behind what is always at your side.
Beckett: Did you just make that up?
Castle: Yeah, why?
Beckett: (Jumping on him) You are so much better than Patterson.
Full Episode Recap
- Victim: Henry Graham, ex-con and tow truck driver
- Cause of Death: Multiple gunshots to the chest
- Perp: Mei Wu
- Motive: She was best friends with Zhu Yin, a fellow waitress at the restaurant where they both worked to pay the debt incurred by the owner, Mimi Tan, who paid off human traffickers to bring the women into the country. Henry was going to pay to free Zhu, having fallen for her, but Mei didn't want to be left alone.